For a sore throat the Health Care Provider will likely be perform a rapid antigen test on a swab sample from your throat. This test can detect strep bacteria in minutes by looking for substances (antigens) in the throat.If you or your child has strep throat, an oral antibiotic will likely be prescribed.
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
This is a rapid diagnostic test that aids in the diagnosis of RSV infections. The sample is obtained by doing a naso-pharyngeal swab. Dependent upon the symptoms appropriate treatment will be given.
Flu A and B
Influenza strains A and B can also be tested via rapid tests. The result returns in minutes and allows for appropriate medication to be prescribed. Influenza A is more common and more virulent. The early detection of flu has a positive impact on medical management by allowing fewer inappropriate antibiotics to be prescribed for patients with positive results.